Sad news from the world of comics. Herb Trimpe was an important part of comic history … having been the penciler for the entire run of Marvel’s “Godzilla” comic, nearly all the issues of “Shogun Warriors,” and a 6-year run on “The Incredible Hulk” (including co-creating characters like Doc Samson and Wolverine).
In the ’80s I wasn’t a huge fan of Trimpe’s . . . his work felt too tied to the Silver Age for my John Byrne/George Perez adoring tastes. But over the years I’ve come to very much appreciate his ability to tell a story cleanly, clearly, and dramatically whether that story is about cowboys, super heroes, modern American heroes, or giant Japanese monsters and robots. Trimpe was a master of the storytelling craft in a way that many of today’s more flashy, stylish artists would do well to learn from.
I hadn’t seen any of his recent work and, to be honest, I wasn’t sure whether or not he was still with us . . . but this news hits me in my comic-loving heart. Rest in peace, Mr. Trimpe, and thank you for the years of entertainment.